Sunday Post: A girls’ weekend

Sunday-PostKimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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Girls’ weekend and beautiful weather

The weather here is a little cooler with less humidity this weekend so that has made it fun to be outside. Both my daughters are here this weekend and my husband is visiting his dad so we’re having a Girls’ Weekend! We’ve done lots of talking and laughing and we had a fire in the fire pit last night. We went to our favorite winery which is out in the country and has a wraparound porch and rocking chairs plus some pretty good wine! We brought cheese, crackers and fruit to have with the wine. Such a fun afternoon. We’ve watched some TV including a show called 800 Words on Acorn TV. It’s about a father and his two teenage children who move from Sydney, Australia to a small town in New Zealand after his wife dies. It’s funny and sad and really good.

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Family Reunion

Next weekend we are driving eight hours to our family reunion in northern Wisconsin so I probably won’t have a Sunday Post. The Internet is unreliable plus I will be visiting with friends and family so no time to spend with my computer! I’ll post photos later.

Blog posts
Next week
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Review
  • August books on my list

My books

What I’m reading

Dark Run by Mike Brooks

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

What I’ve read

Nothing finished

Some books I got recently

A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Interesting on the Internet

Sync Audiobooks

Only three more sets of audiobooks available for Summer 2017!

Every week until August 16 two young adult audiobooks are free to download. These books are young adult titles so if that’s your favorite genre check them out.

July 27 – August 2

 

Airborn

by Kenneth Oppel | Read by David Kelly

Published by Full Cast Audio

Imagine a wold where great airships ply the skies, strange creatures wait to be discovered, and adventure lurks around every corner. Got it? Good. Then you’re ready for the captivating adventures of cabin boy Matt Cruse, who manages a daring midair rescue of a stranded traveler in a derelict balloon—and sets in motion a string of events that will either raise him to new heights, or dash him to his doom.

by Zoe Marriott | Read by Amy Rubinate

Published by Brilliance Audio

Sixteen-year-old Suzume is a shadow weaver, trained in the magical art of illusion. She can be anyone she wants to be—except herself. Is she the girl of noble birth, trapped by the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama? A lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens? Or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Land? Even Suzume is no longer sure of her true identity. But she is determined to steal the heart of the Moon Prince and exact revenge on her stepfather for the death of her family. And nothing will stop her. Not even her love for fellow shadow weaver Otieno, the one man who can see through her illusions.
August 3 – 9

 

Between Shades of Gray

by Ruta Sepetys | Read by Emily Klein

Published by Listening Library

Fifteen-year-old Lina is a Lithuanian girl living an ordinary life—until Soviet officers invade her home and tear her family apart. Separated from her father and forced onto a crowded train, Lina, her mother, and her young brother make their way to a Siberian work camp, where they are forced to fight for their lives. Lina finds solace in her art, documenting these events by drawing. Risking everything, she imbeds clues in her drawings of their location and secretly passes them along, hoping her drawings will make their way to her father’s prison camp. But will strength, love, and hope be enough for Lina and her family to survive?

by Irene Gut OpdykeJennifer Armstrong | Read by Hope Davis

Published by Listening Library

In the fall of 1939 the Nazis invaded Irene Gut’s beloved Poland, ending her training as a nurse and thrusting the seventeen-year-old Catholic girl into a world of degradation that somehow gave her the strength to accomplish what amounted to miracles. Forced into the service of the German army, young Irene was able, due in part to her Aryan good looks, to use her position as a servant in an officers’ club to steal food and supplies (and even information overheard at the officers’ tables) for the Jews in the ghetto. She smuggled Jews out of the work camps, ultimately hiding a dozen people in the home of a Nazi major for whom she was housekeeper. An important addition to the literature of human survival and heroism,In My Handsis further proof of why, in spite of everything, we must believe in the goodness of people.

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning the rest of the summer? 

WWW Wednesday: July 26

This meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to answer the three questions below. For more information check out the Taking on a World of Words blog.

  • What are you reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t written a WWW Wednesday post for over a month. I haven’t done many posts in the last month, but I hope that changes soon.

Currently reading

I’m listening to the audiobook and enjoying the book and narrator though I’m not too far into the book yet.

Dark Run by Mike Brooks

Narrator: Damian Lynch

Keiko #1

Science Fiction, space opera

The Keiko is a ship of smugglers, soldiers of fortune and adventurers, travelling Earth’s colony planets searching for the next job. And nobody talks about their past.

But when a face from Captain Ichabod Drift’s former life send them on a run to Old Earth, all the rules change.

Trust will be broken, and blood will be spilled.

This is the newest book in this series and it comes out next week. I’m hoping to finish it and get it reviewed sometime next week! This is a fun series.

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

Her Royal Spyness #11

Historical Mystery–1930’s Ireland, England and Italy

When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who’s in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way—her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales AND the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

What luck! A chance to see Belinda, even if it is under the guise of stopping unwanted nuptials. Only that’s as far as Georgie’s fortune takes her. She soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party—and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. Plus, she needs to hide Belinda’s delicate condition from the other guests. And her dashing beau, Darcy is (naturally) working undercover on a dangerous mission. Then her actress mother shows up, with a not-so-little task to perform. With all this subterfuge, it seems something is bound to go horribly wrong—and Georgie will no doubt be left to pick up the pieces when it does. 

Recently finished

I’ve read the first three books in this series in the last couple of months. I like DC Smith a lot!

Luck and Judgement by Peter Grainger

DC Smith #3

Mystery, Police Procedural

When a worker goes missing from a North Sea gas platform, there seem to be just two possible explanations – it was a tragic accident or a suicide. It does not take Smith and his detectives long, however, to discover that James Bell led a double life back onshore in Kings Lake, a life complicated enough to make him at least one dangerous enemy. Before the case can be unravelled, Smith must get a new team working together; Waters and Murray are still there but one of Wilson’s men is transferred to him, and the female detective constable from Longmarsh poses some unexpected problems for her new sergeant. Together they begin to investigate the links between the companies and the people that bring ashore the oil and gas, and they also find themselves caught up in the seamier side of life that exists beneath Lake’s everyday comings and goings. Jo Evison begins to delve more deeply into the story of the Andretti murders, and Smith himself has to face the fact that he might no longer be considered fit for duty.

It’s quite a while since I’ve read a book by Wen Spencer and I don’t know why. I always like her books–especially her characters. This was a good book and good beginning for a new series.

The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer

Black Wolves of Boston #1

Urban Fantasy

Silas Decker had his world destroyed when he was attacked by vampires outside of New Amsterdam. He rebuilt his life a dozen times in the last three hundred years—each time less and less successfully. Now he lives alone, buried under a hoarding habit, struggling to find some reason to wake up with the setting of the sun.

Eloise is a Virtue, pledged to hunting evil.  What she doesn’t know is how to live alone in a city full of strangers who know nothing about monsters.

Seth is the sixteen-year old Prince of Boston, ward of the Wolf King.  Now he is left in a city that desperately needs his protection with enemies gathering all around. 

Joshua believes he is a normal, college-bound high school senior.  His life is shattered when he wakes up in a field, covered with blood, and the prom committee scattered in pieces about him like broken dolls.  

These four must now come together to unravel a plot by Wickers, witches who gain power from human sacrifices and have the power to turn any human into their puppet. Four people who lost everything struggle to save Boston by saving each other.

Reading next

I read the first book in this series about a month ago. It was very good so I’m looking forward to the second book.

Called to Justice by Edith Maxwell

Quaker Midwife Mystery #2

Historical Mystery–1888 Massachusetts

When Hannah Breed confides to midwife Rose Carroll that she’s pregnant out of wedlock, Rose promises to help her through the pregnancy and figure out a way to break the news to her family. But that night, amid the noise and revelry of the Independence Day fireworks, Hannah is found shot dead.

After a former slave and fellow Quaker is accused of the murder, Rose delves into the crime, convinced of the man’s innocence. An ill-mannered mill manager, an Irish immigrant, and the victim’s young boyfriend come under suspicion even as Rose’s future with her handsome doctor suitor becomes unsure. Rose continues to deliver babies and listen to secrets, finally focusing in on the culprit only to be threatened herself.

I like science fiction, space opera and mysteries so this sounds like the perfect book for me! I’ve meant to read this for several months so I hope I get to it soon.

The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Central Corps #1

Science Fiction, Space Opera, Mystery

When her crewmate Danny is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps engineer Commander Elena Shaw is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent—he was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer and why are the cops framing an innocent man?

While retracing Danny’s last hours, they discover that his death may be tied to a mystery from the past: the destruction of a Central Corps starship at a wormhole near Volhynia. For twenty-five years, Central Gov has been lying about the tragedy, even willing to go to war with the outlaw tribe PSI to protect their secrets.

With the authorities closing in, Elena and Trey head to the wormhole, certain they’ll find answers on the other side. But the truth that awaits them is far more terrifying than they ever imagined—a conspiracy deep within Central Gov that threatens all of human civilization throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxy . . . and beyond. 

What books are you looking forward to reading? What have you read? And what are you reading now?

 

Sunday Post: A little cooler next week

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Home and Blog

Should be a little cooler next week. Yay!

I didn’t do too much this week though my Iowa daughter and I went clothes shopping on Saturday. We both needed a few new clothes and were both happy when we left the store! I also played Mah Jongg twice during the week–a good inside  air-conditioned activity for hot weather. And it was hot this last week . . . in the upper 90’s and once to 100 degrees and with the heat index above 100 each day. Luckily, we got a big storm one night and about an inch and a half of rain. Even so, the yard is drying out and the few new plants we have needed water every day.

Family Reunion

Every year on the first weekend in August we have a big family reunion in northern Wisconsin. It’s loads of fun and it’s always great to catch up with people. This is my husband’s family who mostly live in the Midwest and we get together for a big party twice a year–in August and at Thanksgiving. Last August we celebrated with our oldest family member’s 90th birthday and there were about 100 people. This year there will be fewer people so a little more relaxed. The family who holds the reunion live on a lake so there’s boating, swimming, barbecuing and lots of conversation. Each family who comes signs up for making meals, clean-up and bringing supplies. Our family is making Sunday morning breakfast and we’ve decided to do waffles, overnight oatmeal and fruit so I’ve read up and am planning making waffles for a crowd. My three kids are coming, too, so my husband and I will have lots of help.

A second blog

I’ve started a second blog–Remember the Families–so that’s taking some of my time. I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’ve started working on genealogy again after about a ten-year absence. The research and reading about DNA and history of the areas my family lived is taking up some of my time. But I’m having lots of fun! However, I have to admit I’m not spending as much time with this blog. I’m trying to balance the two and will work to do that in the next few weeks.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • ??
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Dark Run by Mike Brooks

On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen

What I’ve read

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Luck and Judgement by Peter Grainger

Some books I got recently

To the Hilt by Dick Francis

Deadly Focus by R.C. Bridgestock

Abercrombie Trail by Candace Simar (Kindle Unlimited)

Persons of Interest by Peter Grainger (Kindle Unlimited)

Interesting on the Internet

Sync Audiobooks

Every week until August 16 two young adult audiobooks are free to download. These books are young adult titles so if that’s your favorite genre check them out.

Available July 20-26

Gone by Michael Grant | Read by Kyle McCarley

Published by Tantor Media

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else . . .

Michael Grant’s Gone has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view.

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth | Read by Mark Turetsky

Published by HighBridge Audio

Devin doesn’t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it’s soon clear that it’s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home’s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour The One Safe Place; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page.

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning the rest of the summer? 

Sunday Post: mid July and blazing hot

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Home and Blog

The forecast is for 90+ degrees all next week and just down into the 70’s at night. Add in humidity and the temps feel like they’re above 100. My forecast app on my phone has shown it actually getting to 100 degrees one day this next week.

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I haven’t blogged much lately. It’s a busy summer with visitors, outdoor activities, indoor activities, a new computer to set up.

My daughter took part in a triathlon a week ago. It was a 90+ day, but they started out in the morning so it wasn’t too bad though I got hot sitting in the shade watching and waiting! She also adopted a rescue dog during June so now she has two dogs–a yellow lab and a black lab. The dogs are getting along very well and love playing tug-of-war with each other! Juneau, the yellow lab and new dog, loves to retrieve and is blazing fast when she runs. The dogs are having a great time when they come to visit us since our huge backyard is fenced now.

We’ve visited the botanical gardens a few times so far this summer. Nice to see what’s blooming plus they have a great cafe for lunch! The Japanese beetles are terrible here this summer even at the botanical gardens. 😦 We have a huge tree that must have thousands of beetles in it. I can see the beetles flying around the tree and in the tree all day long. They are eating lots of leaves, but the tree has lots of leaves and the beetles usually are only out for about a month so hopefully the tree won’t lose too many leaves. There isn’t a lot to do about Japanese beetles in this country especially not for big plants like trees. The main thing if you don’t want them in your yard is to not plant what they like–however, they like lots of plants…lol. One of their favorite plants is roses and I love roses. I haven’t planted any roses here in our new yard and am debating whether to plant any. Japanese beetles are a really awful invasive species which first showed up in the eastern U.S. in the early part of the twentieth century. They have slowly made their way westward through the years. I don’t think they are to the west coast yet…probably just a matter of time.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen

Luck and Judgement by Peter Grainger

What I’ve read so far during July

As the Crow Flies by Damien Boyd

A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer

Some books I got recently

Dark Sky by Mike Brooks

Murder Between the Lines by Radha Vatsal

Remnants of Trust by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Booked to Die by John Dunning

Interesting on the Internet

Sync Audiobooks

Every week until August 16 two young adult audiobooks are free to download. These books are young adult titles so if that’s your favorite genre check them out.

Audiobooks available July 13 – 19

The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker | Read by Chris Patton

Published by Dreamscape Media

Mark Schatzker shows us how our approach to the nation’s number one public health crisis has gotten it wrong. The epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are not tied to the overabundance of fat or carbs. Instead, we have been led astray by the growing divide between flavor – the tastes we crave – and the underlying nutrition. Since the late 1940s, we have been slowly leeching flavor out of the food we grow. Simultaneously, we have taken great leaps forward in technology, allowing us to produce in the lab the very flavors that are being lost on the farm. Thanks to this largely invisible epidemic, seemingly healthy food is becoming more like junk food: highly craveable but nutritionally empty. We have unknowingly interfered with an ancient chemical language -flavor – that evolved to guide our nutrition, not destroy it.

Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall | Read by Tara Sands

Published by Brilliance Audio

Sugar Legowski-Gracia wasn’t always fat, but fat is what she is now at age seventeen. Not as fat as her mama, who is so big she hasn’t gotten out of bed in months. Not as heavy as her brother, Skunk, who has more meanness in him than fat, which is saying something. But she’s large enough to be the object of ridicule wherever she is: at the grocery store, walking down the street, at school. Sugar’s life is dictated by taking care of Mama in their run-down home—cooking, shopping, and, well, eating. A lot of eating, which Sugar hates as much as she loves. When Sugar meets Even (not Evan—his nearly illiterate father misspelled his name on the birth certificate), she has the new experience of someone seeing her and not her body. As their unlikely friendship builds, Sugar allows herself to think about the future for the first time, a future not weighed down by her body or her mother. Soon Sugar will have to decide whether to become the girl that Even helps her see within herself or to sink into the darkness of the skin-deep role her family and her life have created for her.
Available July 20-26

Gone by Michael Grant | Read by Kyle McCarley

Published by Tantor Media

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else . . .

Michael Grant’s Gone has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view.

The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth | Read by Mark Turetsky

Published by HighBridge Audio

Devin doesn’t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it’s soon clear that it’s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home’s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.

Fans of dystopian fiction and spine-chilling adventure will devour The One Safe Place; its haunting themes will resonate long after readers have turned the final page.

What did you do during the last month? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning for the rest of the summer? Any of you in the path of the eclipse in August?

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff

Peacekeeper 2

Publication date: June 6

e-ARC (from NetGalley and the publisher)

–All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Military Science Fiction

The second book in the action-packed Peacekeeper series, a continuation of Tanya Huff’s military sci-fi Confederation series following Torin Kerr.

Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. No one who’d ever served with her could imagine any circumstance that would see her walking away from the Corps.

Although the war is over, the fight goes on and the Justice Department finds its regular Wardens unable to deal with violence and the people trained to use it. Ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr has a solution: Strike Teams made up of ex-military personnel, small enough to maneuver quickly, able to work together if necessary. Justice has no choice but to implement her idea and Torin puts her team of independent contractors back into uniform. It isn’t war, it is policing, but it often looks much the same.

When the scientists doing a preliminary archaeological dig on a Class Two planet are taken hostage, Torin’s team is sent to free them. The problem of innocents in the line of fire is further complicated by the fact that the mercenaries holding them are a mix of Confederation and Primacy forces, and are looking for a weapon able to destroy the plastic aliens who’d started and maintained the war.

If Torin weren’t already torn by wanting that weapon in play, she also has to contend with the politics of peace that have added members of the Primacy–former enemies–to her team. Before they confront the mercenaries, Torin will have to sift through shifting loyalties as she discovers that the line between”us” and “them” is anything but straight.

……………………..

My thoughts

I’ve read the first book in this series as well as the Confederation series where the saga of Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr began. Now she’s ex-Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr. Now she’s Warden Kerr and the Confederation is supposed to be at peace.

I love reading about Torin Kerr so I am very excited Huff has begun another series featuring Kerr and her compatriots. Kerr is no longer military. Now she and her team–mostly ex-military–are Wardens for the Justice Department. So even though the Confederation is at peace outbreaks of violence are not uncommon. The Confederation has the problem most governments have when they’ve been at war for years: a huge military is no longer needed so what happens to all the retired soldiers? How do they adapt? And if they can’t adapt what will they do to survive? This is exacerbated in the Confederation, because the three species known as the Younger Races (humans, Krai and di’Taykan) were brought into the Confederation specifically to fight the war for the original members of the Confederation who were too “evolved” to fight their own war. When the war ends with a whimper the Younger Races are unhappy since the Elder Races in the Confederation have always viewed them as too violent to have around. Groups like Humans First formed (they show up in An Ancient Peace–the first book in the Peacekeeper series).

I like that Huff shows Kerr has still not completely adapted to civilian life. She’s still troubled by all the death she’s seen–especially the deaths of her troops. She’s had counselling, she knows she still has problems, but like many soldiers she doesn’t like talking about her feelings or her innermost thoughts or problems. She’s doing better, but still has anger issues.

It is so nice that Huff has brought back a number of characters from the original series. Presit is one of my favorites. As always Presit is her lovable, annoying self. When she first appeared in the books I didn’t like her very much and she’s still annoying especially to Kerr, but she’s a fun character to read about. And she moves things along in the plot. Even though Kerr finds her annoying and doesn’t want the press and noncombatants along, Kerr and Presit have a grudging admiration for each other and like each other more than they admit.

It’s also great to see Craig still hanging in there with Kerr. He has his own problems he’s had to deal with. As a former civilian salvage operator he’s used to operating alone on a spaceship where he doesn’t see or interact with anyone for months at a time and no one invades his personal space. At one time he couldn’t tolerate anyone in his ship with him so he’s come a long way now that he’s a Warden and pilot of their ship. He is a counterpoint to Kerr’s military outlook. It is great to see both points-of-view.

I really like some of the Primacy forces who were the enemy in the original series–especially Firiv’vrak and Vertic–and hope we will see more of them in the future. Huff always does a good job making even the strangest sounding alien believable.

If you haven’t read any of the books in either the Confederation series (books 1 through 5) and the Peacekeeper series (books 1 and 2)  you could start with the Peacekeeper series, but don’t forego the pleasure of reading the Confederation series. So many adventures and so many twists plus the truth of war. Such good books!

My rating: B+

July 2017 books on my list

These are the July books on my list. I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of asbooks-on-my-list the months go by.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget.

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I missed.

June 27

The Right Side

by Spencer Quinn

Series: Unknown

Published by Atria Books

Genre: Mystery

336 pages

Synopsis: LeAnne Hogan went to Afghanistan as a rising star in the military, and came back a much lesser person, mentally and physically. Now missing an eye and with half her face badly scarred, she can barely remember the disastrous desert operation that almost killed her. She is confused, angry, and suspects the fault is hers, even though nobody will come out and say it.

Shattered by one last blow—the sudden death of her hospital roommate, Marci—LeAnne finds herself on a fateful drive across the country, reflecting on her past and seeing no future. Her native land is now unfamiliar, recast in shadow by her one good eye, her damaged psyche, and her weakened body. Arriving in the rain-soaked small town in Washington state that Marci had called home, she makes a troubling discovery: Marci’s eight-year-old daughter has vanished. When a stray dog—a powerful, dark, unreadable creature, no one’s idea of a pet—seems to adopt LeAnne, a surprising connection is formed and something shifts inside her. As she becomes obsessed with finding Marci’s daughter, LeAnne and her inscrutable canine companion are drawn into danger as dark and menacing as her last Afghan mission. This time she has a strange but loyal fellow traveler protecting her blind side.

July 4

Cold Hearted River

by Keith McCafferty

Series: Sean Stranahan #6

Published by Viking

Genre: Mystery

318 pages

Synopsis: A story of lost treasure, Cold Hearted River begins with the death of a woman, stranded in a spring snowstorm, who in desperation climbs into a bear s den. When Sheriff Martha Ettinger, reunited with once-again lover Sean Stranahan, investigates, she finds a fly wallet in a pannier of the dead woman’s horse, the leather engraved with the initials EH. Only a few days before, Patrick Willoughby, the president of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club, had been approached by a man selling fishing gear that he claims once belonged to Ernest Hemingway. A coincidence? Sean doesn’t think so, and he soon finds himself on the trail of a missing steamer trunk rumored to contain not only the famous writer’s valuable fly fishing gear, but priceless samples of his unpublished work. The investigation will take Sean through extraordinary chapters in Hemingway’s life.

Inspired by a true story, Cold Hearted River is a thrilling adventure, moving from Montana to Michigan, where a woman grapples with the secrets in her heart, to a cabin in Wyoming, to the Froze To Death Plateau in Montana, and finally to the ruins in Havana, where an old man struggles to complete his life’s mission one true sentence at a time. 

The Harbors of the Sun

by Martha Wells

Series: The Books of the Raksura #5

Published by Night Shade Books

Genre: Fantasy

416 pages

Synopsis: A former friend has betrayed the Raksura and their groundling companions, and now the survivors must race across the Three Worlds to rescue their kidnapped family members. When Moon and Stone are sent ahead to scout, they quickly encounter an unexpected and potentially deadly ally, and decide to disobey the queens and continue the search alone. Following in a wind-ship, Jade and Malachite make an unlikely alliance of their own, until word reaches them that the Fell are massing for an attack on the Reaches, and that forces of the powerful Empire of Kish are turning against the Raksura and their groundling comrades.

But there may be no time to stage a rescue, as the kidnapped Raksura discover that their captors are heading toward a mysterious destination with a stolen magical artifact that will cause more devastation for the Reaches than anything the lethal Fell can imagine. To stop them, the Raksura will have to take the ultimate risk and follow them into forbidden territory.

The Harbors of the Sun, from celebrated fantasy author Martha Wells, is the thrilling follow-up to The Edge of Worlds, and the conclusion of a new Three Worlds duology of strange lands, uncanny beings, dead cities, and ancient danger. 

July 10

The Ghost Line

by Andrew Neil Gray & J.S. Herbison

Series: Unknown

Published by Tor.com

Genre: Science Fiction Novella

73 pages

Synopsis: The luxury cruise ship the Martian Queen was decommissioned years ago, set to drift back and forth between Earth and Mars on the off-chance that reclaiming it ever became profitable for the owners. For Saga and her husband Michel the cruise ship represents a massive payday. Hacking and stealing the ship could earn them enough to settle down, have children, and pay for the treatments to save Saga’s mother’s life.

But the Martian Queen is much more than their employer has told them. In the twenty years since it was abandoned, something strange and dangerous has come to reside in the decadent vessel. Saga feels herself being drawn into a spider’s web, and must navigate the traps and lures of an awakening intelligence if she wants to go home again.

July 11

Another Man’s Ground

by Claire Booth

Series: Sheriff Hank Worth #2

Published by Minotaur Books

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

320 pages

Synopsis: Called out to investigate the theft of elm tree bark (who knew it made a valuable herbal supplement?), Branson, MO Sheriff Hank Worth meets the talkative and combustible property owner, Vern Miles, who is trying to make enough money off the land he just inherited to pay the taxes on it.

The thieves have stripped so much of the bark that the trees are now dying, so Miles decides to go ahead and cut the whole grove down. The only thing is, he uses undocumented workers to do it, and when Hank and Sam stop by the clearing in the woods to check on things, the whole crew takes off like a flock of birds. One unfortunate runaway laborer tumbles into a deep crevice and lands on not one, but two bodies—a month-old rotten corpse and a decades-old child skeleton.

Hank suddenly finds himself in the midst of two separate murder investigations, not to mention tree bark theft, all while running for re-election as county sheriff. 

Dark Sky

by Mike Brooks

Series: Keiko #2

Published by Saga Press

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

384 pages

Synopsis: In the sequel to the thrilling Dark Run, which Publishers Weeklycalled “a terrific debut,” Ichabod Drift and his crew sign on for a new smuggling job that soon goes south when they are separated and caught up in a dangerous civil war.

When Ichabod Drift and the Keiko crew sign on for a new smuggling job to a mining planet, they don’t realize what they are up against. The miners, badly treated for years by the corporation, are staging a rebellion. Split into two groups, one with the authorities and one with the rebels, Drift and his crew support their respective sides in the conflict. But when they are cut off from each other due to a communication blackout, both halves of the crew don’t realize that they have begun fighting themselves…

July 18

Arabella and the Battle of Venus

by David D. Levine

Series: Adventures of Arabella Ashby #2

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Science Fiction, Steampunk

432 pages

Synopsis: Arabella’s wedding plans to marry Captain Singh of the Honorable Mars Trading Company are interrupted when her fiancé is captured by the French and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp on swampy Venus. Now, Arabella must find passage to an enemy-controlled planet in the middle of a war, bribe or fight her way past vicious guards, and rescue her Captain.

To do this she must enlist the help of the dashing privateer, Daniel Fox of the Touchstone and build her own clockwork navigational automaton in order to get to Venus before the dread French general, Joseph Fouché, the Executioner of Lyon.

Once on Venus, Arabella, Singh, and Fox soon discover that Napoleon has designed a secret weapon, one that could subjugate the entire galaxy if they can’t discover a way to stop Fouché, and the entire French army, from completing their emperor’s mandate.

And the Rest is History

by Jodi Taylor

Series: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #8

Published by Night Shade Books

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel

348 pages

Synopsis: No one knows quite how, but Max and her baby are safe at last.

No one knows quite how, but Peterson has persuaded Dr Foster to marry him.

No one knows quite how, but Markham’s marital status remains unknown.

Certainly no one knows quite how a twelve-foot-high teapot could mysteriously materialise on the South Lawn, but it does.

But they do know that Clive Ronan is back.

They do know that he hates them and that this time he has good cause. And they do know that he will bring death and destruction in his wake.

Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary’s from the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, from Hastings to the Sack of Constantinople, and from tragedy to triumph and back again, in this, the eighth book in The Chronicles of St Mary’s.

July 25

Wildfire

by Ilona Andrews

Series: Hidden Legacy #3

Published by Avon

Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance

384 pages

Synopsis: Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

July 28

A Dragon of a Different Color

by Rachel Aaron

Series: Heartstriker #4

Published by Aaron/Bach, LLC

Genre: Urban Fantasy

pages

Synopsis: To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn’t win a Nice Dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he’s starting to make progress, a new threat arrives. Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn’t begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who’s always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.

Half over, half left

Life is busy lately–nothing bad, but I haven’t gotten posts done. I’m hoping to fix that and start posting more, but our summer is a busy and wonderful time.

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My daughter adopted a new dog and named her Juneau. She was abandoned by someone and is a real sweetheart. Hard to imagine someone abandoning her. Bailey and Juneau seem to get along well which is really important. My daughter also got a new bike and has enjoyed biking. We have great bike trails.

We’ve had a number of visitors which I love and lots of activities–barbecues, baseball games, a birthday, visiting gardens and garden centers. It’s all fun, but also tiring. When I’ve had time to myself I’ve tended to read which is what this blog is all about–except I haven’t come here to talk about that. And sometimes there wasn’t even time for reading. 😦 However, when I did read I read some really good books.

Books I read in June:

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor–science fiction, time travel

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen–historical mystery, audiobook

But for the the Grace by Peter Grainger–mystery, police procedural

Delivering the Truth by Edith Maxwell–historical mystery

And what I’ve read or am reading in July:

As the Crow Flies by Damien Boyd–mystery, police procedural

A Question of Inheritance by Elizabeth Edmondson–historical mystery

White Hot by Ilona Andrews–urban fantasy romance

I’ve missed my blogging friends, but am loving summer. Hard to believe June is over already and half the year is gone, too. I’m still struggling to get reviews written so I plan to work on that and write at least a few lines about the books I read. We’ll see how it all goes during the next half-year . . . .

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!